Ecclesiastes 10:6
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New International Version
Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.

King James Bible
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

Darby Bible Translation
folly is set in great dignities, but the rich sit in a low place.

World English Bible
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath set the fool in many high places, And the rich in a low place do sit.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

An error which proceedeth from the ruler - What this error in the ruler is, the two following verses point out: it is simpiy this - an injudicious distribution of offices, and raising people to places of trust and confidence, who are destitute of merit, are neither of name nor family to excite public confidence, and are without property; so that they have no stake in the country, and their only solicitude must naturally be to enrich themselves, and provide for their poor relatives. This is frequent in the governments of the world; and favouritism has often brought prosperous nations to the brink of ruin. Folly was set in dignity; the man of property, sense, and name, in a low place. Servants - menial men, rode upon horses - carried every thing with a high and proud hand; and princes, - the nobles of the people, were obliged to walk by their sides, and often from the state of things to become in effect their servants. This was often the case in this country, during the reign of Thomas a Becket, and Cardinal Woolsey. These insolent men lorded it over the whole nation; and the people and their gentry were raised or depressed according as their pride and caprice willed. And, through this kind of errors, not only a few sovereigns have had most uncomfortable and troublesome reigns, but some have even lost their lives.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Judges 9:14-20 Then said all the trees to the bramble, Come you, and reign over us...

1 Kings 12:13,14 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him...

Esther 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him...

Psalm 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Proverbs 28:12,28 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden...


James 2:3-5 And you have respect to him that wears the gay clothing, and say to him, Sit you here in a good place; and say to the poor...

The Way to the City
'The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.'--ECCLES. x. 15. On the surface this seems to be merely a piece of homely, practical sagacity, conjoined with one of the bitter things which Ecclesiastes is fond of saying about those whom he calls 'fools.' It seems to repeat, under another metaphor, the same idea which has been presented in a previous verse, where we read: 'If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
In this my relation of the merciful working of God upon my soul, it will not be amiss, if in the first place, I do in a few words give you a hint of my pedigree, and manner of bringing up; that thereby the goodness and bounty of God towards me, may be the more advanced and magnified before the sons of men. 2. For my descent then, it was, as is well known by many, of a low and inconsiderable generation; my father's house being of that rank that is meanest, and most despised of all the families in
John Bunyan—Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Cross References
Esther 3:1
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.

Esther 3:5
When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.

Proverbs 19:10
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

Proverbs 28:12
When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

Proverbs 29:2
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Ecclesiastes 10:5
There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:

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